Kesa Molotsane underlined her superiority in distance running in the Free State by winning the senior women’s race last Wednesday at the 21st annual Sportsman’s Warehouse and Grey College street mile meeting, leaving her rivals way behind, grasping for air to fight it out for the minor positions.
Molotsane (Kovsies) took the lead from the onset and seemed at ease when she stopped the clocked at a brisk 4:55. She was the only woman at the meeting who dipped under the five minutes barrier, but was still way off the meeting record (4:43) of the former Kovsie and international middle distance athlete, Danél Prinsloo.
Molotsane’s teammate, Tshepang Sello, who represented Lesotho at the Olympic Games (2016, Rio de Janeiro) was second in 5:19 whilst Marné Mentz (Kovsies) came in third in a sluggish (compared to her own standards) 5:29. Mentz represented USSA (University Sports South Africa) at the world students cross country championships in Switzerland earlier this year.
Lienke Snyman (Oranje) was impressive in the girls U19 race. She won comfortably in 5:25 and posted the third fastest time of all women and girls who turned up for the meeting.
She ran the two Eunice girls, Jody McLachlan (5:46) and Andri van Jaarsveld (6:14), with the greatest of ease into respective second and third places.
The winner of the senior men’s division, Sipho Ramohotsi (Eskom) ran a perfect tactical race to win in 4:17, but his time did not threaten the meeting record of 4:04 of the former senior world championships bronze medallist (Moscow, 2013), Johan Cronjé.
Ramohotsi had his work cut out to keep second-placed Ayabonga Mavuso (Eskom, 4:20) at bay, whilst the CUT (Central University of Technology) student, Mpho Balula finished in a distant third position in 4:28.
The 41-year-old Teresa Richards (Kovsies) proved that she has lost none of her potential and especially her fighting spirit, which saw her win the SA under-17 title in the 1500m (track) some 24-years ago. She reigned supreme in the race for veteran woman (40 – 49 years) in a quick 5:32. Richards’ time was the fourth fastest among all women and girls in their respective age groups who lined up on the day.
Rozelle Cloete (Kovsies) scored a magnificent victory in the women’s 50 years plus age group, finishing in a quick 6:07. Her time was 16 seconds faster than the second placed woman in the 40 – 49 years race and 42 seconds faster than the winner of the men in her age group. – RUFUS BOTHA